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August 17
09:49 2018

The Lake Independence Boulevard, one of the country’s newest roads connecting two major highways, has been in a state of disrepair for quite some time and with the rainy season in full effect, motorists can expect only minor remedial repairs to the busy road in the near future.

According to Ministry of Works Chief Executive Officer, Errol Gentle, the government intends to re-construct the entire stretch of road, however, the timeline for that has not yet been decided because the road has taken a longer than estimated time to set completely before repaving can begin. Gentle added, though, that some remedial work on the boulevard had been carried out as recently as last month.

“We want to give it sufficient time to settle so when we go in and we rehabilitate the entire road we know that it will not break up again…so that is what we are doing,” Gentle said. He said the ministry is closely monitoring the condition of the road and will be making periodic remedial repairs to maintain good riding quality for motorists trafficking the area. He noted that the rain posed a challenge to engineers and contractors carrying out repairs.

Gentle added that the ministry is waiting for the weather to clear up before conducting further repairs. He further explained that ideally, contractors require a five-day period of dry weather to ensure that the ground is solid enough for new material to be compacted on top.

The Lake Independence Boulevard, which cost nearly $3.5 million to build, has been the source of much controversy after it began falling into disrepair months after its construction. The road was infamously constructed by RJB Construction. Prime Minister Dean Barrow had declared publicly that the Lake-I Boulevard was a failure and placed the responsibility on the Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL), which was tasked with overseeing its construction.

BIL General Manager, Christy Mastry, told the media that the project was underfunded from the start but said BIL would accept responsibility for not lobbying for additional funding sooner. It will cost an estimated $5.5 million more to fix the stretch of road.

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